Alexis de Tocqueville's journey in Ireland, July-August, 1835
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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A number of years ago, while teaching my undergraduate survey course in Irish history at the University of Chicago, I decided to have my students read Tocqueville's notes of his journey to Ireland in July and August of 1835. The great difficulty at that time, however, was that J. P. Mayer's edition and translation ...
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In July and August of 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) and his good friend Gustave de Beaumont (1802-66) spent about six weeks in Ireland. By the time the two young French noblemen had arrived in Ireland, however, they were already experienced travelers and observers with considerable scholarly and literary reputations. ...
Part One: Dublin, 6-18 July, 1835
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Conversation between Mr. Senior and Mr. Revans, 7 June 1835.1 Mr. Revans is the secretary of the Irish "Poor Law" Commission. He is a very intelligent young man. He belongs to the radical party. ...
Part Two: Carlow-Waterford, 19-23 July, 1835
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Pretty country. Land very fertile. Beautiful road. Toll gates far apart. From time to time some very beautiful parks and rather pretty Catholic churches. Most of the dwellings of the country very poor looking. A very large number of them wretched to the last degree. ...
Part Three: Kilkenny, 24-26 July, 1835
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My revenue is not large and still less fixed. I have only what comes to me by the voluntary gifts of the faithful, but I can sometimes give a dinner. I have a gig and a horse. I find myself rich enough and I would despair if the state wished to pay me. ...
Part Four: Cork-Galway, 27 July-3 August, 1835
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From Kilkenny to Mitchelstown the country has the same appearance as before. Hills despoiled of woods; cut up into a vast number of small fields. From time to time some great moors. Few villages, no belfries. One encounters churches without parishioners and one does not see those that have them. ...
Part Five: Tuam-Mayo, 408 August, 1835
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I had taken care on leaving Dublin to provide myself with a great number of letters of recommendation. I had them to men of all parties and principally to the priests of the two religions that divide Ireland. On arriving at Tuam in the province of Connaught I examined my letters ...
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The Tocqueville that emerged from his Irish notes and letters was both an attractive and a complicated figure. He was at once a moralist, who was full of righteous indignation at man's inhumanity to man, and a social scientist, who was an astute connoisseur of the problems of political power. ...
Note on the Text
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Note on the Map
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Page Count: 157
Publication Year: 2012